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The Giessen camp for Allied Prisoners of War, near Frankfurt, was well ordered and sanitary. As well as a church it boasted a makeshift artists’ studio for the inmates to use, where Drouart, a French officer with the Allied French Army, painted scenes of camp life. This painting shows French PoWs – their distinctive blue coats and red trousers standing out against the snow – mingling with British, Canadian and other Allied prisoners.
Prisoners of War at the Giessen Prisoner of War Camp, Germany, Autumn/ Winter 1917
oil on board
H 26.9 x W 36.5 cm (E)
purchased from David Cohen Fine Art, 2005